Posted 14 May 2013 - 02:05 PM
You could not be more wrong! I hope the Inland Revenue do not read this forum and think we have undeclared property in our portfolios!
78 Scott Street is owned lock, stock and barrel by mine and Marian's employers - Barrow Rugby League Auxiliary Association, who are the society that runs the Gold Rush lottery and other fundraising schemes as registered with the Gambling Commission. I will not bore you with any details of how we come to own the property or the legalities involved with lotteries, but if you are passing at any time or see me on a match day, I will gladly discuss them with you if you are interested!
It would, in my opinion, be financial suicide to sell up and re-locate at the ground. We have just under 700 shares in the Gold Rush that are paid in the shop. I am 100% certain those members would not go to Craven Park to pay their subscriptions, when they can leave M&S side entrance and walk over to us. I know for a fact that a property and selling outlet in the town centre like ours is very much envied by other clubs. Having the club secretary in the property as well means everything connected with the club is in the one place for supporters bookings, tickets, queries etc.
As the shop is owned by us , and not the club means that we qualify for "small business rate relief" and our business rates bill is minimal. Other than the usual update and maintenance costs, the building costs us nothing!
To answer your and other posts regarding the floodlight fund, I have been inundated with queries since the Evening Mail article on Friday. I know that this topic is going to be raised on Friday night's meeting and I have assured all supporters who have contacted me that I will be making a statement regarding the legal and ethical aspects at that time.
Barrow Rugby Shop